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We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
The best advice I could give to other artists would be to recognize that you are a part of a community and with that in a relationship that requires nurturing and communication from both parties. Many artists strive after a fantasy that they will be picked out from the crowd by an important curator or collector and with that single action all the doors will open for them. Unfortunately, that fantasy happens for very, very few and the reality is that the ones we see blossom, seemingly out of nowhere, put in a lot of work behind closed doors that you are only just seeing the fruit of that labor.
As artists, we often segregate ourselves from the rest of the world. Hiding away and perfecting our craft but the truth is that the best artists understand that they do not exist nor create in a vacuum. Throughout history, the movements that have changed art and created ripples that affect the way we think and relate to our medium comes from artists who realize art is a conversation. Not a single-sided lecture or narration but a symbiotic relationship and passing of information not just from other artists of your kin, but intellectuals, creatives outside of your medium, writers, philosophers, architects, mathematicians, scientists, etc.
I often see other young creatives coming up who admire and idolize artists who themselves lived in communities and participated in collectives where sharing was a given but fail to understand how this relationship helped those artists grow and become the individuals we study and marvel over today. So I urge other artists to get out of their bubble and give back, talk to other artists, support other artists, go to other artists gallery openings, participate in artist residencies, be models for other artists, go to that independent art performance in the desert that seems weird but oddly interesting, start a magazine, be a grip for someone, go to art festivals, do studio visits, let someone practice their gallery spiel on you, be a sounding board, etc.
Don’t just go to the handful of key events but go to the small shows. Be an active participant in your community, not just a passive observer waiting for an opportunity to seize the light. Being an artist is only as lonely as you allow it to be.
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